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CES 2015 - We've released a few news articles on Rapoo's new gaming branch, VPRO, bringing out brand new PC gaming peripherals, but now it's time to take it back a notch.
Rapoo have just announced their first range of protective tablet cases, offering built-in Bluetooth keyboards into the mix. Suitable for a wide range of models including Samsung's 8", 8.4", 10.1", 10.5" and Tab Pro 12.2" models, these cases feature an ultra-slim design.
This line of keyboard cases is set for launch in Spring 2015 and will be listed at between $49.99 - $99.99 in major retail stores.
Children using smartphones before bed leads to later bedtimes, less sleep, and increased fatigue, a study from UC Berkeley recently confirmed. Kids who have "small screen" electronics in the same room they sleep in get an average of 21 minutes less sleep than children who don't have access to electronics before bed.
More than half (54 percent) of fourth and seventh graders reported sleeping near their smartphone, as parents are being urged to keep smartphones away from children close to bed time.
"Kids need to learn to deal with fear of missing out and they need to learn to give their brains a real rest," said Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, author of "The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age," in a statement to Yahoo Parenting. "Sleep is so important, and having that phone next to the bed - when they get up to go to the bathroom, they check it, which can lead to 10 minutes or two hours online. Their psychological dependency on the phone is increased if they have it with them all the time."
The quarter ending November 2014 saw drastic change thanks to the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, with iOS able to chomp into Google Android's lead. The iPhone 6 was the highest selling phone during that specific quarter, accounting for 19 percent of all US smartphone sales, according to the Kantar Worldpanel research group.
"A decline in Android market share does not necessarily translate into bad news for all the ecosystem's players," said Carolina Milanesi, Chief of Research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, in a statement. "The choice of brands and devices within the ecosystem empowers consumers to drive different fortunes for the players in it."
Apple iPhone sales racked up 47.4 of smartphone sales in the United States, 4.3 percent higher year-over-year - and iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus are reportedly still going strong. Android still controls 69.9 percent of the mobile OS lead in Europe, dropping 3.2 percent year-over-year.
CES 2015 - Chinese electronics company Lenovo has successfully led its PCs and laptops into the United States and Europe, hoping to mimic that success with its smartphones.
"The next step for Chinese smartphone makers is to go overseas," said Yang Yuanging, chairman and CEO for Lenovo, in an interview with Sina news at CES. "But whether they are able to compete in the global market remains an issue."
Based on global smartphone shipments alone, Lenovo was No. 4 in the world after shipping 16.9 million units during Q3 of 2014, according to IDC figures. However, its acquisition of Motorola will bump its market share from 5.2 percent in Q3 2014 up to 7.4 percent currently, leapfrogging Xiaomi and now trailing behind Samsung and Apple - though will face a tough road to try catch up to either company.
Storage Visions 2015 -Shawn DuBravac from the CEA stopped by the booth to discuss market trends and challenges facing the broader PC market. The emergence of mobile devices has challenged the PC market, but growth has returned as users are upgrading their computers to new operating systems. Tablets were projected to kill the PC market, but sales of tablets have actually began to decline.
CEA organizes CES, the world's largest tradeshow, but is also an ANSI accredited standards body. They also feature several policy groups and research firms. As the internet of things expands, CEA is tracking market trends. There are many theoretical uses for embedded sensors, and this will eventually result in over 50 billion devices connected to the internet. Shawn discusses some of the emerging trends.
CES 2015 - Our first official meeting of CES 2015 this year was with Analogix, who always have something to impress us. This year, they have the new Nano-Console, which is a tiny little device that connects your smart device (Android and iOS) to your TV. This little device has a smart touch pad that can be used as a remote, with hardware Android buttons for back, home, apps and much more.
As you can see, the Analogix Nano-Console is not a big device by any means.
Here we have the touch pad remote that is super useful, with a massive range. We tested this in the suite Analogix were staying in, at around 15-20 feet and it was still operational, even through a very thick wall. It started slowing down, but it was still working. Another impressive part of the Nano-Console.
CES 2015 - Fallen camera kingpin Kodak has publicly announced the IM5 smartphone, a device that could be popular among first-time Google Android smartphone users. Kodak partnered with mobile device maker Bullitt Group to manufacture Kodak's first effort in a competitive smartphone market.
The Kodak IM5 has an octo-core 1.7GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 5" HD screen. The device will roll out starting in Europe at the end of Q1.
IM5 also has remote management software so phone owners can receive troubleshooting assistance.
United Airlines is rolling out in-flight Wi-Fi service to its United Express regional aircraft, so passengers will be able to amuse themselves.
The Wi-Fi service will now be featured on 200 E175, E170 and CRJ700 regional jets, using Gogo's ATG-4 air-to-ground Wi-Fi solution. Implementation should be completed on all aircraft by mid-2015, United estimates.
"Expanding in-flight connectivity and personal device programming aligns the customer experience on our regional jets with our mainline aircraft and will enable many more of our customers to enjoy Internet access and streaming entertainment on their personal devices when traveling with us," said Tom O'Toole, senior vice president of marketing for United, in a press statement.
CES 2015 - Smartphone case maker OtterBox has unveiled the Resurgence power case for the Apple iPhone 6.
Resurgence allows iPhone 6 owners to unplug their device and have two-times the battery life, along with increased protection against potential phone damage. The case is made of polycarbonate and has a simple two-piece snap design.
"Resurgence is one of the most innovative product lines we've ever released," said Pete Lindgren, president and CEO of OtterBox, in a press statement. "At CES, we'll preview the year ahead with fresh designs that incorporate new technology, all in line with our legacy of engineered confidence and trusted protection."
In this day-and-age, almost everyone will run out of juice before the day's end. Facebook notifications, Instagram updates, Messenger going off 24/7, Google Maps running and a myriad of quirky games to keep you satisfied all amount to the demise of your much-hated battery bar located at the top of any smart-device. When you've finally reached a USB port and you're exhausted from all the walking you've done around the shopping center, you thrust your charging cable in, only to find you've done it awkwardly and now broken your phones charging port and the expensive $30 Apple officially licensed cable.
"And my axe!" announces Patriot, rushing to your aide - given you own an iPhone 6. They've just announced the release of their new FUEL iON case for Apple's latest smartphone. In the past, this case supported only Apple's iPhone 5 and a range of Android offerings - the iPhone 6 compatible model is the only new part of this offering.
So what makes Patriot's product so special? Their press release states: "setting themselves apart from other competing charging technologies, Patriot has developed a way to conductivity charge a smartphone using neodymium magnets. The incredibly strong magnetic pad on both the FUEL iON phone cases and the charging bases create a direct connection between the two devices and snaps the phone into place; this allows for charging that is comparable to directly plugging into a wall outlet."